Thursday, April 24, 2014     Volume: 28, Issue: 39
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Are you comfortable with prayer in public meetings?

Yes, atheists have too much control over what's allowed.
No, keep church and state separate.
Let anyone from any religion pray in public and that will make it fair.
I'm more uncomfortable with the fact that local politicians think they need divine assistance.

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A musical barn raising: SLO Tracks founder Vincent Bernardy handcrafts a stage for all ages

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A musical barn raising: SLO Tracks founder Vincent Bernardy handcrafts a stage for all ages

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Everything was running on schedule when The Spaces Between stepped onto the flatbed truck-turned-stage at SLO Tracks in February. About 120 people flocked to the 100-year-old barn for the venue’s second show. Some of them lounged on couches and chairs while others perched on wooden benches repurposed from old feeding troughs. Outside, friends swapped smokes and stories... [ Read More ]

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News

SLO County aims to get a new boat for recovery and panga patrol

BY JONO KINKADE

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department will be adding a new boat to its fleet to help the department deal with an influx in pangas. The SLO County Board of Super...

SLO sexual assaults are likely related

BY COLIN RIGLEY

A recent string of sexual assaults could be related, and local police are hoping to find more information to identify a suspect. On April 18, a woman reported that she was at...

Atascadero inches toward a half-percent sales tax

BY JONO KINKADE

With its miles and miles of crumbling roads and not a whole lot of money available to fix them, Atascadero has taken one step closer to pitching to voters a half-percent incre...

Supes reject an appeal and approve a Cypress Ridge subdivision

BY RHYS HEYDEN

The multi-faceted dispute over air quality on the Nipomo Mesa was ignited again at the April 22 meeting of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Ultimately, the su...

Morro Bay reaffirms a water emergency

BY COLIN RIGLEY

Morro Bay city officials have reaffirmed that the city is in an emergency situation with its water supply. In late 2009, city officials first created the emergency declaratio...

Correction

The corporate structure was misstated in the April 17 article, “A solar company sues … itself?” SunPower sold its membership in High Plains Ranch IV to an AT&T subsi...

Fire extinguished?: After a decisive rejection, the Five Cities Fire Authority searches for a way forward

BY RHYS HEYDEN

As the final tally was announced on the afternoon of April 18, faces around the room were uniformly crestfallen. For Five Cities Fire Authority Chief Mike Hubert, the three F...

Learn where the Morro Bay mayoral candidates stand on the issues

BY COLIN RIGLEY

In less than a year and a half, much has changed in the small, fog-soaked town of Morro Bay. A long-time City Council member and the mayor were ousted and replaced by what ...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

Somewhere out there, in the California night, other souls release a strange magnetism that tickles one’s impulse to give praise. But who or what are these strange wraiths ...

Commentary

Whose basin is it?

BY SARAH CHRISTIE

Some North County interests believe they are so special that they require a brand-new governance structure to manage the groundwater beneath their vines. Their proposal,...

Letters

McDonalds isn't for you, it's for all of us

Gordon Fuglie - Atascadero

In the recent McDonald’s brouhaha in Los Osos, it was the drive-through opponent who likened Los Osos to “Mayberry,” that fictional Hollywood-idealized rural TV town fro...

Let's get our road-based pride back

G. M. Robertson Sr. - Morro Bay

“New Scenic Shasta Gorge Highway Boasts 5 Major Bridges in 4.5 Miles. By F. W. HASELWOOD, District Engineer” “California Scores High Among States for Economy of Road Ex...

Join me in promoting small businesses

Gary Wechter - Arroyo Grande

In response to the Shredder column “It’s 2014; do you know what year your senators are living in?” of April 17, I don’t believe women are paid less than men as all the...

Shredder

A nut's nut

I’ll be the first to admit that in the past I’ve been pretty liberal with the word “nut.” I’ve used it to describe local “activists” who love nothing better th...

Street Talk

Who would you like to most see in concert and why?

Allison Tuohy Jodi Ehrenkranz Dani Berton Courtney Carbonetti

Strokes and Plugs

Do you hear what I hear?: 97.3 The Rock brings community radio to the coast

BY TALLY MEYERS

What if there was a radio station you could listen to in your car and didn’t have to hear the same song three times in an hour? And what if this radio station played not j...

Arts

Lisa Coffman's second book of poems, 'Less Obvious Gods,' elegantly enumerates the divinity of subtle forces

BY ERIN C. MESSER

The patriarchal saint of Surrealism, André Breton, wrote that “poetry is made in a bed like love”—but what he meant was that the best poetry is made that way. In Lisa...

Cal Poly University Art Gallery's 'Annual Student Exhibition' showcases a dizzying array of styles and forms

BY ERIN C. MESSER

I’m going to let you in on a little secret—the “Annual Student Exhibition” at Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery isn’t just one show—it’s at least two or thre...

Come to Earth Day on April 27 at El Chorro Regional Park!

BY GLEN STARKEY

Is it just me, or does it seem kind of ridiculous that we have to dedicate a day to remember we’re stewards of planet Earth? I mean, shouldn’t we think about that eve...

Hipster saint: Take Two Live at The Palm screens 'Lenny'

BY KEN SAMUELS

All the hippest cineastes around these parts know that it’s worth rolling out of bed one Sunday every month for Take Two Live at The Palm, a program devoted to screenings ...

Music

Save Cambria's Wise Owl during an April 26 fundraiser!

BY GLEN STARKEY

Places for creative people to meet and share their work with art lovers are few and far between, mainly because things like poetry and folk music and arts and crafts aren’...

Film

Finding Vivian Maier is an engrossing portrait of a posthumously discovered artist

Writers-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel tell the story of Vivian Maier, a nanny whose cache of 150,000 photo negatives was made famous after she died, proving her to ...

Cuisine

Spring peas, pretty baby bells, and quinoa

BY KATHY MARCKS HARDESTY

The bright, sunshine-filled days of spring urge tiny sprouts to begin bursting through the rich earth in flourishing farms all over the Central Coast. Those delicate, tiny g...

Kathy's Pick

Alta Maria 2011 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley

In 1966, after meeting the ardent, young Paul Wilkins when he was a member of the Vines to Wines Club at Cal Poly, I knew the viticulture student was headed to stardom. His ...

Hot Dates

Double play

The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts’ production of Noises Off will be on stage April 26 through May 11 at the Marian Theater in Santa Maria, and June 12 through...

Lush puppies

Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person, or just a wine person, the sixth Annual Wine 4 Paws fundraiser for Woods Humane Society has something to offer you. More than 75 w...

On a mission

The Monday Club of San Luis Obispo will hold its 13th annual architectural tour on April 27, with the objective of visiting five adobes in SLO—including the Mission San Luis...